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Recently, Saab received three development and maintenance orders from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV).
Saab has received an order to provide maintenance of technical system support and spare parts for Gripen during 2015 on behalf of the Swedish armed forces. The contract value is approx. SEK 385 million.
The order confirms previous option of services to be provided during 2015 and includes technical system support for the Swedish armed forces and FMV in the form of operational and technical support, equipment follow-up, proposed modifications, environmental technology plus warehouse operations for replacement units.
The second order received by Saab is to provide maintenance, operational support and continuing development work for Gripen during 2015. The order is valued at SEK 355 million. It includes the operation of rigs, simulators and test aircraft for the verification and validation of the Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter aircraft systems, plus operational support for Gripen C/D.
Saab has also received a development order for Gripen E from the FMV. This order is part of the Gripen E framework agreement from 2013 and is valued at SEK 385 million.
Besides these three orders,Saab and the Brazilian Ministry of Defence, through the Air Force Aeronautics Command (COMAER), have signed a contract for Gripen NG contractor logistics support (CLS). The total order value is SEK 548 million. The order is expected to be booked by Saab in 2021.
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After announcing the selection of Gripen NG on 18 December 2013, the Brazilian Air Force also began evaluating its fighter pilots to identify which of them would make the best instructors. The selection process settled on captains Ramon Lincoln Santos Fórneas and Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto.
The two FAB pilots are currently participating in a six month training in Sweden where they will learn everything there is to know about Gripen. At the end of April, they will return to Brazil where they will pass on this knowledge to their colleagues as newly qualified Gripen instructors.
"We are prepared for hard work since there is so much we not only have to learn but also take on board fully so that we can pass it on to others. The course seems very thorough and everything has been well planned so I am sure everything will be fine," says Gustavo.
On 19 November it was time for the first training sortie in the rear seat of a Gripen D. The 50-minute exercise was an experience, even for two seasoned pilots. "We flew in formation and performed several advanced manoeuvres, which was an amazing experience," says Ramon.
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Initially developed for operation in Scandinavia, Gripen is built to handle extreme weather conditions in any climate. Gripen can also operate from small bases with short runways such as road strips, and has an outstanding ability to deploy swiftly with a minimum of resources.
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CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) aircrew protection is now introduced in Gripen. The development at Saab has been successfully completed thanks to the close cooperation between Saab, FMV (Sw MoD), FOI (Sw National Defence Research Agency) and the Swedish Airforce. This video shows some sequences from verification of the CBRN protection system and test flights.
The modern battles are complex, difficult and often consist of joint operations comprising air, ground and naval forces under multi-national command and control. A modern battle demands a lot more from pilots and operators.
Therefore, it is important for the pilots to practice their moves amidst challenging scenarios and operators to be acquainted with controlling the complicated and the unexpected. Extensive and comprehensive team training goes behind a good performance in a joint operation.
However, it is really tough and expensive to create genuine modern war like complex scenarios. Also, there are maneuvers or situations that may be impractical, or even dangerous to perform in the aircraft.
So what is the solution for this?
Simulation based training.
With Saab’s Tactical Combat Simulation Centre, crews can be given live-training sessions in a virtual, simulated environment at a fraction of the cost of a real flight training.
A Tactical Combat Simulation Centre can be as basic as a few pilot stations with an instructor operator station (IOS) and computer-generated forces and it can also be as intricate as large simulation centres at air-force level with dome-based pilot stations and several command-and-control units.
There are tools in the Simulation Centre that provide an overview of the exercise scenario to the instructors and operators and even to the bystanders. This includes the display of the scenario in 3D from any chosen position in the virtual world.
A particular exercise scenario can be controlled by one person from the IOS. But it is also ...
Brazil’s Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto and Captain Ramon Santos Forneas expect to start flying Gripen in three weeks, reports Defesaaereanaval.com.
Currently, the two pilots are attending lectures and are training on simulators at the Skaraborg air base in the western part of Sweden, known as F7 wing which specializes in pilot training. Their training starts at 7:30 every morning and stretches till 5 in the evening.
"We first went through physical examination, and electrocardiogram and treadmill tests after which we were allowed to train on simulators and the centrifugal (a device at f7 that simulates the pressure of gravity in flight)," says Forneas.
Equipment management is different in Sweden as compared to Brazil. There are different air bases in Sweden and they do not have exclusivity on the aircraft. The fighters are moved from one base to another as per the requirement and availability.
"We are attending lectures on equipment management," Forneas adds.
Brazil announced its decision to buy 36 next generation Gripen aircraft on 27 October. As a part of the deal, 28 single-seat Gripen E and eight twin-seat Gripen F aircraft will be delivered to Brazil over the next decade. Saab and Brazil also signed a 10-year agreement for industrial co-operation projects, including technology transfer to Brazilian industry.
"I always wanted to become a pilot and what motivates me is the desire to guard and defend my country. All peaceful national need forces to defend its borders, "says Pascotto.
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"Brazil’s acquisition of 36 Gripen NG gives greater visibility to the Swedish fighter in the world market," said the Defense Minister of Sweden, Peter Hultqvist.
According to the report, the first phase of Gripen NG development will involve about 200 engineers in Sweden. In the second phase, these engineers will transfer their knowledge to the teams in Brazil.
"We are very motivated to work with the Brazilian engineers. Our people are very excited," said Hans Häggrot, production director at Saab.
As per the Swedish Defence Minister, Gripen NG’s joint development with Brazil will allow Sweden to reduce investment costs of the project, besides establishing a promising partnership with Embraer, one of the most important aerospace companies in the world.
"Gripen is more than the sale of a fighter. It is closely related to generation of new jobs, resources and technologies transfer," Mr. Hultqvist said.
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Two Brazilian Air Force pilots, who were appointed to participate in the conversion training to the Gripen aircraft, have reached Sweden, reports ZH News.
Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascatto, São Bernardo do Campo (SC), and Captain Ramon Santos Fórneas Lincoln, Ipatinga (MG), both 32, arrived at F 7 Såtenäs on Monday last week.
Before arriving in Sweden, Pascatto was in Group 1 Air Defense Anapolis (GO), and Fórneas was a part of the first group of fighter aviation in Rio de Janeiro. Both pilots have the experience of flying modernized F-5, a fourth generation aircraft, currently in use by Brazil.
As per a report in Dgabc.com, the two pilots were chosen from about 330 Brazilian fighter pilots - there are 11 squadrons with about 30 professionals each – to learn to fly Gripen and pass on the experience to other pilots.
“Our expectation is to transfer the knowledge to all the units back home,” Fórneas said, very formally, to a group of Brazilian journalists.
According to the report, there is still no formal agreement between the Brazilian and the Swedish air forces about the continuity of training. This is a temporary arrangement which will evolve once both countries reach an agreement over the training process.
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“It felt like I was in one of the world’s most modern fighters, perhaps the most modern. I have absolutely no doubt that Brazil has made the right choice. It is impressive how much information the pilot has at his fingertips. It feels like you are at the spearhead, fully equipped to defend your country”, said FAB pilot Major Renato Leal Leite who flew the Swedish fighter aircraft earlier this year.
For a successful mission, having the right information and situation awareness is very important. It is also important that the pilot has the information filtered as per his or her requirement. A Gripen cockpit is an unrivalled mix of simplicity and sophistication. Its layout has three large colour, Multi-Functional Displays (MFD) and Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS) that give the pilot a superior combat advantage: ‘don’t need, don’t show’.
Gripen pilots can acquire, retrieve, process, share and display tactical information, such as positional data for hostile and friendly units, missile engagement zones, and information from radar warning receivers.
Gripen is fitted with the Tactical Information Data Link System (TIDLS) which enables the pilot to obtain qualitative data from other Gripen, increasing group information and situation awareness and eventually enhancing the capability of force interaction.
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Winning a game of chess is about having the perfect situational awareness; sensing the possible moves of the opponent and making the right decisions. At times the strongest of the opponents can be easily defeated. At other times one finds pawns that are well placed enough to be a threat to kings.
In chess, one should be ready for the unexpected.
A fighter mission is a lot like a large scale chess game, albeit the missions can be air-to-air, reconnaissance or air-to-ground. To perform, a fighter aircraft needs information, movements and weapons. The Gripen NG fighter is equipped with the latest available technology in these key areas, making it a truly smart fighter system.
Talking about information, Gripen NG is equipped with ES-05, an AESA radar, which is state of the art for new fighters nowadays and IRST, which is a passive sensor. The tactical advantage of a passive sensor is that it will not give your position away. Opponents will have no indication whatsoever that Gripen NG is using its IRST to monitor their activities.
The performance of the fighter allows the aircraft to have the right movement dependent on the situation provided to him from its own sensors or other sensors from other units (land, sea or air).
In addition to the wide range of weapons and stores already in the arsenal, almost any weapon can be integrated to Gripen giving the aircraft very high weapon flexibility. This is partly due to the flexible avionic architecture.
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